To WIN IN THE PHILIPS STADION
PSV-Barcelona: Be first of group, the following step to give in the Champions League
Published:27/11/2018 - 09:31h
Updated:28/11/2018 - 22:35h
In half of an unexpected plague of injuries, the FC Barcelona visits the Philips Stadion to measure to a PSV Eindhoven with thirst of revenge after the 4-0 of the Camp Nou. The aim is clear for the ones of Valverde: win to be first of group
After the last tie harvested in Wanda Metropolitan against the Athletic of Madrid (1-1), the FC Barcelona visits this Wednesday the Philips Stadion with the tranquility to be already classified mathematically for the round of eighth of final of the Champions League 2018-19, but with the motivation, in spite of the plague of injuries that azota to the staff, to achieve the three points that allow him be first of the Group B whatever happens, without depending on anybody and 'giving' like this the last party in the Camp Nou against the Tottenham, that would be evidently unimportant.
True is that the FC Barcelona could be first of group of mathematical form with a tie, as long as the Inter of Milan empatara in Wembley in front of the Tottenham, or even with a defeat if the Italians fell also in front of the 'spurs'. The case is that the ones of Valverde will go out to by all in the Philips Stadion, and will find with a PSV of Mark Go Bommel that wants to show more 'war' that in the Camp Nou does some months, with the aim to attain a victory that allow him follow struggling for being third, and of this way access to the UEFA Europe League.
Objective crusaders, then , in a crash that to many could seem them decaffeinated, but that will confront to two teams with anxieties to win. The seven lesionados that has the FC Barcelona in the staff will cause that Valverde do rotations and plant on the lawn to some no usual players, like Semedo in the right side, Arturo Vidal in the centre of the field and Dembélé -if it can him consider 'no usual'- in the forward, accompanying to Philippe Coutinho and to Leo Messi that will play of 'false nine'.
In spite of the absences, therefore, the FC Barcelona will be able to follow ranging an eleven of the most competitive, able to win to any big club of Europe and with the will to redeem of the last bad results, after the 3-4 in front of the Betis in the Camp Nou and the 1-1 in Wanda Metropolitan, a party that the culés would have lost of not being by the virtue goleadora of a Dembélé that has recovered the stray confidence, and that wishes to follow redeeming after having been during days in the eye of the hurricane.
It will be an alluring party for Leo Messi, that lumbered with a 'hat-trick' to the PSV in the first day and to the one who the give very well the Dutch teams, as it has showed also when it has touched him measure to the Ajax in Champions League. If it wishes to win also in Dutch earths, the Barça will have to walk with eye with the incursions from the extreme of Steven Bergwijn, and also with the shots of the Mexican Hirving Lozano, seconded by Gastón Pereiro whose reunion with Luis Suárez will not be possible.
The PSV Eindhoven, an always dangerous team
The PSV Eindhoven is the current leader of the Eredivisie with five points of advantage regarding the Ajax of Amsterdam, second, and thirteen on the Feyenoord, third. And it is that the ones of Go Bommel are still in full form after having won in the last parties to Vitesse, Of Graafschap and Heerenveen with a balance of 8-1 in the global. They add 13 victories in 13 days, something that says a lot of the toneless competitiveness that breathes lately in a Dutch League dominated exclusively pro PSV and Ajax.
The Czech Pavel Královec will be the referee commissioned to give justice on the terrain of game, and expects that it was not more leading of the account in the Philips Stadion. The FC Barcelona has very clear what will have to do to carry the victory, and Ernesto Valverde will take advantage of, with all probability to give minutes to players little usual like Carles Aleñá and, perhaps, Denis Suárez. In spite of the relaxation for finding already in eighth of final of the Champions, the FC Barcelona no fía. It is necessary to keep the competitive tension until they arrive the holidays of Navidad.